Montreat College has announced that its School of Adult and Graduate Studies will launch a fully online bachelor’s degree program in cybersecurity in January 2017. Program graduates will be prepared to solve the increasing cybersecurity problems faced in many corporate and government environments.

“Cybersecurity has recently become a top priority in corporations and government agencies,” said Montreat College Vice President and Dean of the School for Adult and Graduate Studies Susan DeWoody. “And the need in the market for cybersecurity professionals continues to grow exponentially. More than 200,000 cybersecurity jobs in the U.S. are unfilled, and job postings have risen 74% in the past five years. We are always looking to create excellent academic programs that meet specific market demands.”

The online Cybersecurity degree program will complement the already existing Cybersecurity program offered for traditional four-year students on its main Montreat campus, an undergraduate program which has grown rapidly since its launch in 2014.

“Montreat College brings a unique perspective to the dialogue because we see cybersecurity as more than a technical problem,” said Montreat College President Paul J. Maurer. “The solution requires educating people of integrity and character to be the leaders to address this problem. While our students acquire strong technical skills, they are also taught the ethics of cybersecurity and the ability to communicate with and lead the teams they work with.”